Today is a special day for the Church. It is the commemoration of the Protestant Reformation. On this day 499 years ago, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. He, as well as most others at the time, was a Roman Catholic. His 95 theses that he nailed to the door, were objections he had to Roman Catholic doctrine and practice. He was calling the church of Rome to conform to scripture. This movement gained traction, and out if it we got the five solas:
We are not celebrating the man, Martin Luther, but rather that the Lord used him to bring the light of scripture into the dark ages. The Roman Cathloic doctrine is a works-based system of trying to earn one’s salvation. But the Bible teaches that salvation comes through faith alone, and is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9). It CANNOT be earned. We have the written word of God, readily available for our individual examination because of this man, Martin Luther, and his willingness to go against the status quo. What a wonderful work of God!
Many capable Christian writers have covered this topic today, and I point you to them now for further learning. The writers listed below are very familiar to me, and I can point you to them without any hesitation. Please read their wonderful articles to learn about this important topic:
Sharon Lareau, over at Chapter 3 Ministries wrote an essay Reformation Day and the Doctrine of Justification
Michelle Lesley on her blog, What is Reformation Day?
Adam Ford, a Christian comic writer has a wonderful short cartoon that cover’s Martin Luther
I wish you a happy Reformation Day! If you have not opened your Bible today, do it now and celebrate God’s perfect Word!
Soli Deo Gloria!